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Philanthropy Highlights

Materiality Assessment Topic: Philanthropy and Employee Volunteerism| Global Reporting Initiative G4 Indicators: SO1

Issue Summary

In the global economy, communities are increasingly interconnected and interdependent. As companies expand across the globe, company innovation and resources can help address social and environmental challenges.

Our Position

We invest in communities around the world, and we understand the importance of giving back to the communities in which we live and work.

2016 Key Performance Indicators
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Our Action

We’re committed to supporting programs and projects that are making a meaningful impact in communities around the world. Our philanthropic investments include initiatives that promote success in school, drive innovation, support a well-educated workforce, empower women and communities, and respond to worldwide disaster and emergencies.

Our employees are also involved in serving their communities. In 2016, AT&T employees pledged $40.8 million through our Employee Giving Campaign, AT&T’s annual initiative to encourage employees to contribute to their favorite non-profits. In 2016, our employees and retirees also volunteered more than 5.4 million hours of time in community outreach activities – worth more than $129 million.i

Examples of our action include: 

AT&T Aspire

Our signature philanthropic initiative, AT&T Aspire, drives innovation in education to promote student success in school and beyond. With a commitment of $400 million since 2008, AT&T is leveraging technology, relationships and social innovation to help all students make their biggest dreams a reality. Through Aspire, we invest in programs that drive innovation in education and create collective impact. Program highlights include:

  • Launching the second Aspire Accelerator class with the mission of supporting ed-tech innovations that have the potential to help every student achieve a bright, successful future – exponentially and at scale. The 11 participants from the first 2 classes have thrived in the program and together have reached more than 4 million students.
  • Working with Udacity to expand the Nanodegree program, which offers new educational online pathways to industry-relevant skills, to prepare more people with the skills needed for high-demand tech jobs requiring technological expertise. There are now more than 25,000 learners taking Nanodegree courses.
  • Supporting a number of organizations that help underserved students develop computer science and coding skills, including Girls Who Code, Black Girls Code and
  • Contributing more than $1.3 million to innovative organizations such as iCouldBe, iMentor and We Teach Science to help even more students explore their potential through online mentoring.
  • Providing $1.35M in funding to Proyecto Pastoral, a community-based organization in the economically challenged Boyle Heights section of Los Angeles, since 2012. With this funding, they activated their residents and community organizations and implemented education projects to address the high school dropout crisis. During this time, graduation rates at Mendez High School, one of the schools in which they serve, rose from 34% to a remarkable 96% for the class of 2016. Graduation rates are also on the rise at Roosevelt High School, another school served by Proyecto Pastoral.
  • Funding scholarships for low-income adults with barriers to education and employment through the General Assembly’s Opportunity Fund, which provides tech and design skills training and career placement support.
    • AT&T funded 20 scholarships for students to attend the General Assembly’s Web Development Immersive or User Experience Design Immersive in Atlanta, GA; Washington, DC; and San Francisco, CA. As of August 2016, all 20 of the scholarships were awarded, and 12 of the students secured jobs as web developers and UX designers for employers including Black Girls Code, Bytecubed, Cyvelance, FifthEstate, HZDG, Home Depot, Mogean, Stratasys, Uber and others.
    • We also provided 52 online scholarships to allow students to pursue part-time online training in topics such as HTML and CSS or fundamentals of Data Analytics. The 52 students who received scholarships participated in the Data Analytics Circuit or the HTML, CSS, and Website Design Circuit.
  • Investing $1 million in Year Up, a nonprofit that provides urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support they need to reach their potential. The funding will expand Year Up’s corporate training program to Dallas. In addition, AT&T is hosting Year Up interns in the Dallas and Miami offices to provide them with firsthand experience in sales and customer support.
  • Working with Junior Achievement Worldwide in Europe and Latin America to assist with mentor recruitment, student work-experience placements, program quality monitoring and implementation. In Europe, students working with AT&T employees have the opportunity to join an entrepreneurial program and learn how to set up their own enterprise, or join an employability program that sets out to foster the skills and knowledge young people need to succeed in the world of work.
  • Teaming up with Communities In Schools on continued AT&T employee mentoring efforts with underserved middle and high school students in the 2016-2017 school year.
  • Contributing $2 million to Genesys Works, a social enterprise that provides meaningful paid corporate internships for underserved high school seniors. This support will help Genesys Works establish infrastructure for scalable technical student training and design a new, rapid model to expand to additional sites more efficiently. 
  • Supporting the American Indian College Fund with $500,000 to help students at 3 tribal colleges (TCUs). The funds also support local high schools serving low-income and Native students with the ultimate goal of improving the high school completion rates for students.

To learn more, please see our Supporting Education: AT&T Aspire issue brief.

Malaysia Developers' Day

In an effort to drive entrepreneurship in Asia, AT&T joined forces with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to host our 4th annual Developers’ Day in Kuala Lumpur. Designed to be a catalyst for innovation and entrepreneurship, the 24-hour application development contest provides attendees with the resources, education and networking structure needed to produce mobile apps. More than 130 developers attended the AT&T/MCMC Developers’ Day. The winning team received $10,000 USD. In addition, we awarded nanodegree scholarships to 5 participants, funded by AT&T and Udacity, for an online degree that will help prepare them for careers in the tech industry.

Loyola University Chicago School of Law PROLAW – LLM in Rule of Law for Development

PROLAW is a Master of Laws (LLM) in Rule of Law for Development program that develops leaders in the advancement of social justice across the globe through effective, sustainable governance and rule of law reform. In 2016, AT&T contributed $60,000 to support the PROLAW program that prepares students from Mexico and other developing countries to become effective rule of law advisors who can then lead change in their local communities and nations.

HUD ConnectHome

In September 2016, AT&T became a national stakeholder in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) ConnectHome Initiative, a public-private effort designed to help connect low-income families living in HUD-assisted housing to low-cost internet service.  AT&T announced that it will host 30 events across 15 ConnectHome pilot communities located within AT&T's 21-state wireline service area. The events will help inform HUD-assisted households about Access from AT&T, a low-cost home internet service. Additionally, AT&T will provide up to 100 Udacity Nanodegree program scholarships to select participants in designated HUD communities.


Laboratoria is a social project with presence in Mexico, Peru and Chile, dedicated to identifying talented women who live in areas with limited opportunities and providing them with coaching in web development. With financial support from AT&T, Laboratoria seeks to create the next generation of female web developers through an educational program in which 120 young Mexican women will receive practical, accessible, comprehensive and job-oriented education. Once they complete the program, graduates are connected with companies so that they can obtain jobs – including potentially with AT&T – that promote their professional development and raise their employment prospects.


In 2006, the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women (IEEW) created PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS®, a business training and mentorship program for female entrepreneurs in Afghanistan and Rwanda. The program focuses on education and promotion of business and leadership skills among women to help build stable democracies. AT&T has been a major sponsor of PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® since its inception, as it embodies many issues that are important to the company, most notably gender equality and the empowerment of women in business.

In 2016, The Women of AT&T employee resource group and several female executives served as mentors and volunteers to share their experiences and encourage the participants to pursue their career goals. 2016 also marked the 10th year of the PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® Program. To date, almost 600 female business owners from Rwanda and Afghanistan have graduated from the program. Over 80% of graduates are still in business today and employing around 13,000 of their fellow countrymen and women.

Boca US

Boca Juniors USA offers players an unrivaled exposure to the professional soccer game. It is a competitive environment that guides players to reach their full potential and encourages them to pursue excellence both on and off the field. The program puts the development of individuals before the results of games, and it focuses on teaching students about balance and the mission of the program. AT&T supports the initiative to increase the participation of children and support active, healthy lifestyles.


TECHO is a youth led non-profit organization present in Latin America and the Caribbean. Through the collaborative work of families living in extreme poverty and youth volunteers, TECHO seeks to overcome poverty in slums. The organization believes poverty can be permanently eradicated if society as a whole recognizes it as a priority and actively works towards overcoming it. 

The Prince of Wales Foundation and The Prince’s Trust

For more than 10 years, AT&T has supported The Prince of Wales Foundation and The Prince’s Trust, the latter being an organization that provides funding and helps disadvantaged young people with life skills. In 2016, AT&T contributed $50,000 to the Prince’s Trust to support projects involving education, healthcare, disadvantaged young people, arts and cultural programs, urban and rural renewal, and the environment. AT&T employees have also participated in the Prince’s Trust annual Palace-to-Palace cycle ride in the UK and, to date, have raised more than $17,000 along the way.

Fundacion SI

We support Foundation SI and its mission to create university residences that promote sustainable development through access to education for rural youth and knowledge and improved work experiences. Foundation SI’s programs, with support from AT&T, make it possible to stimulate the early vocations of young people from rural areas in the field of knowledge, consistent with the needs and demands of the region. Currently there are 4 residences located in Santiago del Estero, La Rioja, Córdoba and Catamarca, Argentina.

Brackets For Good U.S.A.

Announced in October 2016, AT&T teamed up with Brackets For Good on their first-ever national competitive fundraising tournament. Brackets For Good U.S.A. 2017 pitted 64 non-profits against one another to compete for donors’ dollars to help them advance to the next round in a bracket-style competition. Through this collaboration, AT&T used the power of its network to help non-profits grow with an innovative new approach to awareness, fundraising and participation. Including the grand prize contribution of $100,000 from AT&T, participating non-profits raised over $1 million in the U.S.A. tournament with 31% of donations from first-time donors. 

Disater Response 

AT&T Pioneers, a network of AT&T volunteers in the U.S., and the AT&T Foundation Employee Disaster Relief Fund donated more than $1.1 million in disaster relief aid to assist active and retired employees who were affected by 2016’s Hurricane Matthew and other severe storms in Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Texas. In addition AT&T’s 2016 corporate and foundation disaster relief giving totaled more than $800,000 and provided support for the American Red Cross, United Way, Team Rubicon, Americares Foundation and Télécoms Sans Frontières.

To learn more please visit our Disaster Response issue brief. 

Télécoms Sans Frontières

Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF), a leading emergency telecommunications organization, aims to be on the scene of a disaster – anywhere in the world – within 24 hours. With its headquarters in Europe and its international bases in Bangkok and Nicaragua, TSF provides victims, other relief organizations and first responders with the ability to communicate. In 2016, AT&T contributed $150,000 to support international emergency telecommunications services in areas impacted by disaster and population displacement so that relief workers and impacted populations are able to connect to critical resources. Since 2003, AT&T and the AT&T Foundation have contributed $1.35 million to TSF. 

iThe financial equivalent is determined by using $23.56 per volunteer hour, which is based on the 2015 industry standard from Independent Sector, a leading non-profit organization that determines the financial equivalent for a variety of volunteer initiatives.

Updated on: Aug 17, 2017